First Post on New Computer

 
Got it set up easily!  IE, Messenger, Photos, Music and this keyboard is Much better.  Uninstalled McAfee and reloaded ZoneAlarm.  Tomorrow I’ll transfer my favorites over.  Windows 7 is totally different but I’m learning.  It seems faster.  I was amazed that my wireless network came right on!  I guess I’ll keep my old laptop as a backup, give my wife’s old work laptop back to her and trash the desktop… not sure yet.  It has some files that I want but it needs to be repaired.  I was worried about the shiny screen but once it’s on, no shine.  HD is nice too.
 
I’ll have more Chris Erskine tomorrow, I hope!  In the meantime, I found this today.
 
Owl Webcam Takes Flight
 
Pretty cool site… Check it out!
 

TRABUCO CANYON – Move over "Real Housewives" – there’s a new reality show in town.

Just over the ridge from Coto de Caza, in Starr Ranch Sanctuary, a male and female barn owl and their seven chicks have gained a worldwide following through the sanctuary’s 24/7 "Live Barn Owl Cam."

The Web feed at starrranch.org depicts the owls in their natural habitat – competing for their next meal (usually a native wood rat and occasionally a small rabbit), sleeping, loafing or casting a pellet (regurgitating indigestible fur and bones).

The video has become a surprise hit – now drawing about 6,000 viewers daily from across the globe, said Pete DeSimone, manager of the wildlife sanctuary. That’s nearly double the daily views of last year’s breeding season, DeSimone said.

 

The Web feed at starrranch.org depicts the owls in their natural habitat – competing for their next meal (usually a native wood rat and occasionally a small rabbit), sleeping, loafing or casting a pellet (regurgitating indigestible fur and bones).

The video has become a surprise hit – now drawing about 6,000 viewers daily from across the globe, said Pete DeSimone, manager of the wildlife sanctuary. That’s nearly double the daily views of last year’s breeding season, DeSimone said.

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Courtesy of Audubon California Starr Ranch Santuary

 

The project is made possible by Pete and Sandy DeSimone, who work and live at Starr Ranch, a 4,000-acre expanse of undeveloped land once owned by wealthy Los Angeles oil baron Eugene Grant Starr.

Pete DeSimone first mounted the color/infrared video camera in the eucalyptus tree where the owls nest more than three years ago. Eventually, he created a live feed to post on the Starr Ranch Web site with the help of the sanctuary’s tech gurus to help convey to viewers what the sanctuary does.

 

Although most online visitors come from the United States, the feed has become an international sensation, with visitors clicking from more than 200 cities in Canada and 92 countries worldwide, including nations in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

 

"Some people just enjoy watching birds," DeSimone said. "People are just into watching – any time of day – a very natural setting. You don’t get to do that in real life."

DeSimone said the virtual community of barn owl watchers has the potential to change how researchers work, because he can rely on viewers worldwide to help him watch and document the habits of the barn owls and chicks.

"The ease of gathering data with the technology is exponentially better," DeSimone said.

The barn owl is one of the more common owls in the world and is found on every continent, DeSimone said. The bird of prey is adept at nesting in various situations. "They can adapt to boxes or a hole in your attic."

The female lays about six to eight eggs every year for about 10 years, he said. Given their prolific birth rate, the mortality rate also is high, with the smaller chicks dying if they’re unable to compete with their older siblings for food.

 

During mealtime, viewers watch the chicks compete for a rat or other small mammal, hunted and brought to the nest typically by the male owl. In the tussle for food, smaller chicks don’t always get to eat, DeSimone said.

 

When they’re not eating, the female owl can be seen hovering over her chicks, which appear online as a giant ball of white cotton. When she’s not there, they cluster together to stay warm.

"There are people who won’t go to work in the morning without checking on these chicks," DeSimone said.

I just thought this was pretty cool.  Have a Nice weekend. 

 
 
 
 
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8 Responses to First Post on New Computer

  1. GreatGranny says:

    Good story about the owl family. Glad you finally got your new laptop.

  2. Joe says:

    My mom got a new lap top a little while ago and is really happy with Windows 7. From what I’ve seen the speed is really nice and there certainly was not trouble with locating the wireless router which was nice. It’s funny what will draw people’s attention isn’t it? There’s some comdedy related stuff I watch on YouTube and I can’t say why I keep going back but I do…I know, it doesn’t really do something for the enviornment or whatever but it can make my day and lot of other people on occasion and that’s worth something right? Have a great night and an even better Sunday my friend!

  3. john says:

    good news bout putergreat stuff about the owlshad a barn owl scare the …. out of me when it came flying out from the eaves…have some horned owls around here they gather and watch the rabbits hop then figure out target… ka bam

  4. Kuskulana says:

    Pretty cool yes!LOL your opening line!!

  5. CAROL says:

    Haven’t loaded my Windows 7 yet.. just havent had the time here to do it. Thanks for letting us know what you think of it.. keep it up I always want to know what people think of it. : )

  6. Lisa R. says:

    Glad you got your new computer up and running Bob! The owls are so cool! Your friend, Lisa.

  7. -Grumps- says:

    I had kepp track of an eagles nest on Victoria Island a while back what was quite cool as well. Just a matter of luck to be watchin come feeding time though. That particular outfit had a few live cams going, but is no longer a free service, so twas the end of that story.The beauty of the eagles nest over this one was that it was outdoors so’s ta speak. During the day, you could see a bunch better on account the natural daylight.Good to see all is going smoothly with the new computer Bob. I could ‘a, should ‘a got an HD card when I got my new computer for special offer of $200.oo Now I’m kickin me azz cause to get it now would cost me $400.oo. There’s the danged rock, ‘n a hard place again. Take good care.Ciao Fer Now …

  8. joe says:

    Hope you enjoy that new puter girl! Have a great weekend!

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